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Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- any pet dog small enough to be held in the lap
- a fawning or submissive person
Also written lapdog
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nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- A small dog kept as a pet.
- Informal One eager to do another's bidding, especially in order to maintain a position of privilege or favor: “a bunch of intellectual lap dogs for anybody who holds a big job in government” (Mike Barnicle).